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Western Force vs Waratahs Predictions & Tips - Force backed for narrow win in Perth

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Last updated: 15 May 2024
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  • Tips for Western Force vs Waratahs in Super Rugby on Saturday
  • Visitors have won their last 3 games against the hosts
  • Can the Force keep their quarterfinal hopes alive?
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Force to sneak a home win and keep playoff hopes alive (Getty Images)

Western Force vs Waratahs Predictions


This is basically a knockout game for both teams. The loser is very unlikely to make the playoffs while the winner will keep their faint hopes alive. Neither side is in good form, but the Force have performed decently at home this season.
  • Western Force vs Waratahs Predictions
  • Head to Head
  • Western Force Form
  • Western Force Squad & Team News
  • Waratahs Form
  • Waratahs Squad & Team News

I am backing the hosts to cover the -1 handicap.

  • Western Force won their last home match.
  • Western Force have lost 4 of their last 5 matches.
  • Waratahs have won their last 3 matches against the Western Force.
  • Waratahs have lost 9 of their last 11 matches.

Head to Head


The Waratahs have won their last three games against the Western Force. 

Western Force Form


The Western Force are ninth on the table with three matches to play. They are two points off Fijian Drua who hold the final spot for the quarterfinals.

While the Force have endured a tough season, the table is very tight near the bottom which has put them in a position to still make the playoffs. However, this is almost a must-win fixture for them with two tough games to come.

The Force surprised the Crusaders a few weeks ago, winning 37-15 at home. It was followed by a one-point loss at the Highlanders before the Chiefs thrashed them 56-7 in Hamilton. Last week the Western Force beat Fijian Drua 48-10 at home in a near perfect performance.

Western Force Squad & Team News


Considering the magnitude of this fixture the Force have selected a full-strength side.

Waratahs Form


The Waratahs are bottom of the Super Rugby table with 12 points and just two wins from their 11 games to date. They do, however, still have an outside chance of making the playoffs if they can win this weekend and back it up in their last two games.

The Tahs’ have had a strange season with both their victories coming against the Crusaders. They have lost a few very tight games that could easily have fallen in their favour.

Last week the Sydney-based outfit lost 29-21 at home to the Brumbies. Prior to that they suffered a 16-point defeat to the Chiefs and a 29-point loss to the Hurricanes.

Waratahs Squad & Team News


As for the Force, this is a must-win game, so the Tahs’ have selected their strongest available side.

Verdict

The Western Force's home form is backed in this match with both sides struggling. I am tipping the hosts to cover the -1 handicap.

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